One of the four Google Campus buildings in Dublin is the newly constructed 14-storey building Google Docks. The 47000sqm office space represents a vibrant ambience for Google’s ever growing sales, marketing, finance and engineering teams, coming from more than 65 countries.
Located in Dublin’s docklands district, the campus represents the Google EU Headquarters and serves as the center for Sale & Finance in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). In order to create a working atmosphere that is a true testament to Google’s unique culture and values, Swiss architecture studio Camenzind Evolution in collaboration with local firm Henry J. Lyons Architects conducted many in-depth researches before starting with their outstanding design.
There is a clear separation between the employees’ traditional desk-based work environment and communication areas, granting privacy and focus whenever required for desk-based individual working and a vast variety of spectacular spaces for collaborating and sharing ideas. Apart from workspaces, 2070 in number, the master plan organizes a multitude of additional functions, such as five restaurants, 42 micro kitchens, game rooms, fitness center, pool, wellness areas, conference, learning and development centre and informal and formal meeting rooms.
All these additional functions are part of the holistic work philosophy of Google, encouraging a balanced & healthy work environment and enabling as much interaction and communication between the Googlers as possible. In order to achieve these important goals, the locations of all functions were very carefully balanced between the different floors, encouraging an easy flow between spaces and people.
The main area of each floor is the communication hub which is integrated among various functionalities depending on each floor – from open plan and flexible working spaces, to micro kitchens and informal meeting rooms, alternative working zones, game areas, cafés, gym and even a 25m indoor swimming pool. These spectacular hubs are created as unique highlights of each floor, bringing an exciting fresh quality to the working experience. The distinctive character of each floor theme is also reflected through different materials, colours and shapes with either literal or more subconscious connection to the particular theme dedicated to the floor. Each of the 14 floors of Google Docks building represent the unique identity and strong values of Google. The floor themes include:
• ‘Search’ – dedicated to finding any information as a fast, seamless experience
• ‘Appiness’ – dedicated to the popular Google Apps
• ‘Be Green’ – expresses Google’s ecological focus
• ‘Create’ – expresses the free, unrestrained and open-minded spirit of Google, opening endless opportunities to its users and allowing them to create
• ‘Organize’ – dedicated to Google’s mission to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful
• ‘Innovate’ – expresses Google’s boundlessly advanced, dynamic and progressive character
The tallest of the four Campus buildings is the Google Docks building which is also the tallest commercial building in Dublin. The existing buildings are Gasworks House, Gordon House and One Grand Canal (1GC). A bridge is planned to be built to connect Google Docks, Gasworks House and Gordon House, encouraging an easy flow between buildings and people. Gasworks House has been redesigned representing EMEA’s natural and human made landscapes. 1GC pays homage to the legends and traditions of Irish culture and the design inspiration for Gordon House was taken from the multicultural nature of the company.